1967 - 2010: Lowland Flood Plains and Terraces and Fans near Nenana River1/43Next photo pair
Nenana River photo pair
Photo Credits: Denali NP&P Interp. Coll. (1967), Tamás Szerényi (2010)
Ecoregion: Alaska Range Mountains
Change Type: Succession following fire
Succession following fire
This photo pair shows a bend of the Nenana River near McKinley Village, a small settlement 7 miles south of the park entrance. In this area, the high water line of the west bank of the Nenana River serves as the Denali National Park and Preserve boundary. In 1924 a fire swept through this area burning much of the forest and triggering succession events following fire. The current forest in these burned areas have a much higher proportion of hardwoods (brightly colored aspen in particular) than what was thought to have existed previously. Aspens do well in the high light and nutrient rich conditions present after a canopy opening fire. Do you see any evidence of fire in this photo pair?